Our Freedom

Honour Anna Mae Pictou Aquash and Harriet Nahanee / Free John Graham and Leonard Peltier

“Justice for John Graham!” – AIM-West September 28, 2008

Filed under: American Indian Movement,Events — ourfreedom @ 4:15 am

International Day of Solidarity with Indigenous Peoples of the Western Hemisphere!

AIM-WEST
1668 Alabama Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
Mobile: (415) 577-1492

eltony(at)earthlink.net

http://www.aimovement.org

PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT

Come to Commemorate October 12, 1492 as

“International Day of Solidarity with Indigenous Peoples of the Western Hemisphere!”

and 516 Years of Indigenous Peoples Resistance to Colonization in the Americas

AHORA CELEBRAMOS DIA DE LA RAZA!

When-Cuando: Monday/Lunes 13 October 2008

Location-Sitio: San Francisco Yerba Buena Gardens, Mission Street (btwn Third & Fourth)

Time-Tiempo: 11 am to 3 pm (clean up by 4 pm!)

Master of Ceremony and AIM host, Bill Means, Lakota Nation, Welcome All My Relatives to Turtle Island.

With Special Guest, national known comedian of the Red kind, Charlie Hill, of the Oneida Nation!

Musica by “Phoenix” and Chicano-Indio hip-rap “Brown Buffalo” also Azteca, Mexica, all Traditional Dancers welcome (Four Directions opening circle of life assemble at 11 am)

Drummers, Singers invited. Bienvenidos Toda La Raza! Somos El Mismo Rio!

The Land is your Mother! La Tierra es tu Madre! No One (Nadie!) is Illegal!

Throughout the US October 13 is celebrated as Columbus Day, when North America’s first terrorist and a symbol of racism and colonization of Indian peoples, is paraded and glorified; a pirate washed onto our shores, lost, destitute and diseased! AIM-WEST invites you to shatter the myth. We Are Still Here!

Protect Sacred Sites, Down with La Migra! Chale con el Army! Oppose the ICE and Border Wall! Free Leonard Peltier. Justice for John Graham! Release the Cuban Cinco! UNPLUG America! Demand the US sign the United Nations General Assembly “Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples” adopted September 13, 2007 (except for Canada, Aotearoa-NZ-and US!!).

Procession/Walk gather at SF Fisherman’s Wharf Pier #31 immediately after return from Annual Alcatraz Sun Rise. (Tickets $11, kids under 5 free! Purchase advance http://www.alcatrazcruises.com or call 415-981-7625) Walk begins at 10 am to Mission Street on side-walk toward Yerba Buena Gardens. Or, join us at the Garden.

Call Tony Gonzales
415-577-1492

Louie Gutierrez
415-828-6082

 

Resistance on trial: Free John Graham benefit show September 24, 2008

Filed under: Events — ourfreedom @ 3:51 am

Resistance on trial: FREE John Graham.
A benefit show in solidarity.

Featuring:

JASON BURNSTICK
ECHOLALIA
ERICA MAH
and SPECIAL GUESTS!

Cafe deux Soleils (2096 Commercial Drive), Vancouver
October 1st @ 8:30 pm
$5-15 sliding scale (all donations go directly to John’s family for traveling to South Dakota for his trial.)

Live music and speakers from John Graham’s family.
T-shirts and Artwork available.

All proceeds to help John’s family get to South Dakota for his trial on October 6th, 2008. John is a Southern Tutchone from the Yukon and former member of the American Indian Movement (A.I.M). The allegations against John are murdering fellow AIM member and Nova Scotia Mi’kmaq Anna Mae Pictou in 1975. He strongly denies killing his friend and comrade Anna Mae. John’s case has a striking resemblance to another framed A.I.M member, Leonard Peltier.

For more information: johngrahambenefit(at)gmail.com

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September 27th: Conference on Palestinian Political Prisoners

A full-day conference with: Speakers • Films • Live report from Palestine

Saturday September 27th
11am – 4pm
SFU Harbour Centre
515 West Hastings Street, Vancouver

With speakers including:

LYNN HIGHWAY, organizer with John Graham Defense and prison abolition activist.

For more information contact the Boycott Israeli Apartheid Campaign:
boycottapartheid(at)gmail.com | www.boycottisraeliapartheid.org | 604-220-0451

 

John Graham: Injusto Caso de Extradición September 23, 2008

Filed under: Español,John Graham — ourfreedom @ 11:57 pm

John Graham es un guerrero indígena de la nación Tutchone de Norteamérica (Canadá) y es ahora un preso de la guerra colonial en los Estados Unidos de América. Él es también el objetivo de un montaje gobierno y policía federal (FBI) para el asesinato de Anna Mae Pictou Aquash, una guerrera en el American Indian Movement en los años setenta. Más que 60 personas indígenas fueron matadas en la reservación Pine Ridge de la nación Lakota por escuadrones de la muerte de gobierno-apoyó en los años setenta. Lo jucio fijan para el 6 de octubre de 2008. Aquí está el fondo del caso, antes de que el suyo fuera obtenido la extradición en diciembre de 2007.

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John Graham: Injusto Caso de Extradición

Por Myriam Hernández
Conexión Latina, Primavera 2005, Vancouver, Canadá

Actualmente John Graham vive en riesgo de ser extraditado para los Estados Unidos de Norteamérica en donde la esperaría un jucio en su contra. El FBI lo acusa de asesinato en primer grado. Esto parece ser la venganza de los cuerpos represores americanos en contra los indígenas que se resisten a ser despojados de sus tierras y derechos humanos. A John lo acusa directamente el FBI del asesinato de Anna Mae Pictou Aquash ocurrido en el estado de Dakota [Sur], Estados Unidos. El 1 de diciembre del [2003], John fue arrestado en Vancouver por miembros del departamento de policía de esta ciudad. Se le mantuvo incomunicado por 40 días, pasa salir tuvo que pagar una fianza de 25 mil dólares, dinero que todavía debe; además, cuatro o cinco personas tuvieron que comprometerse a pagar de 10,000 dólares en caso de que John se diera a la fuga. Ahora esta en riesgo de enfrentar un injusto proceso legal por un crimen que no cometió y que ocurrió 30 años atrás.

He aquí una serie de antecedentes que explican la represión política en contra de indígenas en Canadá y los Estados Unidos. Durante la década de los setentas, el Movimiento Indígena Americano, cuyas siglas en inglés son: AIM, luchó en defensa del territorio de los indígenas del estado de Dakota del Sur. Entre los años 1974 y 1976, aproximadamente 70 indígenas fueron asesinados, desaparecidos, y muchos otros encarcelados. Anna Mae Pictou era una de las líderes del movimiento y amiga de John Graham. Por aquellos días en que Anna Mae fue asesinada, sus compañeros sabían que era perseguida política y que la policía federal de los Estados Unidos la tenía clasificada como fugitiva.

Entre 1976 y 1981, el Movimiento Indígena Americano experimentó toda clase de acoso político, incluyendo infiltración y asesinatos selectivos por parte del gobierno de los Estados Unidos. John recuerda esos tiempos como años de terror. El y sus compañeros perseguidos fueron forzados a ocultarse, huyendo del FBI y de los militares, que en aquel entonces eran más racistas de lo que lo son ahora. Después de unos meses, el movimiento volvió a aparecer a la luz pública con protestas y campañas dénunciaron los crímenes en su contra y demandando investigación y castigo para los responsables; el nombre de Anna Mae Pictou estaba incluído entre la lista de las víctimas del movimiento indígena.

En el año de 1984, John tuvo una gira por Europa, en la cual habló sobre la violaciones a los derechos indígenas, las minas de uranio, la represión y persecución política contra las organizaciones sociales en Canadá y los Estados Unidos. Más de 60 de indígenas del movimiento estaban encarcelados. De acuerdo con John y otros líderes del movimiento indígena, las fuerzas militares y policiacas de los Estados Unidos son autores intelectuales de esos crímenes y posiblemente también ejecutores de los mismos.

Durante los 90s, John siguió recibiendo amenazas por parte de agentes de FBI. En cuatro ocasiones hablaron con él para pedirle que acusara a cualquiera de los líderes del movimiento del asesinato de Anna Mae y que sino lo hacia lo culparían a él y lo amenazaron de fabricarle un caso en su contra y arruinarle la vida.

Leonard Peltier es otro preso político indígena que fue acusado de matar a dos agentes del FBI en los Estados Unidos en el año de [1975] , y a quien se le reconoce como activista serio y respetable. Leonard fue un destacado activista del Movimiento Indígena Americano en la década de los 70s. Hace un par de semanas, Leonard envió un mensaje desde la prisión denunciando que se le ofreció su libertad a cambio de declarar en contra de John Graham. ¿Me pregunto por qué? Tal parece que, a falta de pruebas en contra de John, el FBI esta buscardo fabricar otras. ¿Entonces, cualquier persona que tiene sentencia de por vida puede obtener su libertad a cambio de mentir a favor de FBI? ¡Que manera tan descarada de comprar “testigos”!

Como John, he conocido a otros indígenas de aquí, que han hablado del racismo, la represión y los crímenes contra indígenas en Norteamérica. Sus testimomios me hacen recordar otros que he escuchado antes de los indígenas en México. En lo personal, tengo un gran respeto por activistas que como John no se venden y demuestran ser consecuentes con sus principios…

John Graham es conocido como activista político. En apoyo a su caso, organizaciones como Amnistía Internacional, El Movimiento Anti-nuclear, La Asamblea de las Primeras Naciones, La Sociedad contra la Intimidacíon, Canadá Derechos Humanos 3000, así como sindicatos de trabajadores, personalidades y organizaciones sociales han enviado cientos de cartas en apoyo a su inocencia. En solidaridad con John Graham, aproximadamente unos 100 activistas de organizaciones civiles y de derechos humanos estuvieron afuera de la Suprema Corte el pasado 21 de febrero, John teme por su vida en caso de ser extraditado proque se sabe que, muchos presos politicos indígenas han sido silenciados con la muerte en las cárceles de los Estados Unidos. Al salir de la corte, John dijo estar muy decepcionado, pero no sorprendido ante esta decisión. Creo que muchas personas compartimos esa decepción y lamentamos que el gobierno de Canadá comparta la injusticia y la represión politica con sus vecinos del sur. El caso de John no está aún perdido, el proceso de apelacion sigue en curso y para principios de noviembre tendrá audiecia en la Suprema Corte de Vancouver. No permitas que el gobierno Canadiense extradite a otro hombre inocente.

Para más información:
http://www.grahamdefense.org
https://ourfreedom.wordpress.com

 

Statement by Nicoline Rickard, September 18, 2008

Filed under: John Graham — ourfreedom @ 11:56 pm

Statement by Nicoline Rickard, September 18, 2008

Nicoline and JohnJohn Graham is my partner. Our relationship began in the summer of 1999, and since that time we have lived, worked, and traveled together and have not been apart. We have experienced both good and bad times and John tells me I know him better than anyone alive. I know, in my heart and in my gut, that John just does not have it in him to cause harm to anyone. I know his reverence for all life is genuine. You can’t fake that kind of character. I know he is sincere when he talks about his love and respect for his grandma, who is his greatest influence. She affected him deeply and she taught him, as John says, “the spirit of sharing and caring”, when he was a very young child. I have witnessed how he treats people and how he speaks of them privately, how he listens to strangers, friends, and neighbors alike with a welcoming calmness. John has a true respect for others and an inner strength that shines through in all he says and does. He is non-confrontational. In fact, I have never heard him raise his voice to anyone. He is easygoing, asserts himself quietly and with strength, and is not a man who would take orders – from anyone – to hurt another man, woman or child.

I know John Graham to be an honest, intelligent, and decent man. He has never treated me with anything but love, respect, care, patience and humor. I miss him every day and night.

 

Support Needed for Indigenous Political Prisoner John Graham September 16, 2008

Filed under: John Graham — ourfreedom @ 2:59 am
Photo taken on Coast Salish Territory, Vancouver, September 15, 2008

Photo taken on Coast Salish Territory, Vancouver, September 15, 2008

URGENT: Support Needed for Indigenous Political Prisoner John Graham

*please forward*

September 8, 2008
Coast Salish Territories, Vancouver

Dear friends and allies:

We are writing to ask for your financial support to help defend John Graham. As most of you know, John Graham is a political prisoner who is Southern Tutchone from the Yukon Territory. He is currently imprisoned in Rapid City, South Dakota (Background Information Below). John’s trial date is set for October 2008 and his family and close supporters are planning to travel to South Dakota in order to support John during this time.

There are, of course, costs associated with this trip. Hence, in this letter, we are making a special financial appeal to support John’s family and friends to travel and stay in South Dakota for up to one month during his trial.

* We are aiming for 50 people/organizations to donate at least $20 each by the end of September *

The isolation that political prisoners such as John Graham experience behind bars is part of the state’s repressive strategies. John’s current legal struggle also reflects the political repression faced by Indigenous people who struggle against state and corporate control. It is therefore imperative to offer our tangible and practical support to facilitate supporters to be present in South Dakota as part of this campaign for justice for John Graham.

If you can donate, please be in touch as soon as possible! (by the end of September at the latest)

1) Direct deposit: CIBC Branch account # 86-64536 transit # 04700

2) Send a cheque made out to Naneek Graham and mail it to:

1424 Commercial Dr.
P.O. Box 21640
Vancouver, BC
V5L 5G3

3) To make arrangements for someone to pick up your donation, please contact: Naneek Graham @ 778-386-0354 (message) or Chusia Graham @ 604-418-0279 or Harsha @ 778 885 0040 or harsha(at)resist.ca or Ange at 778-317-3830 or noxmadima(at)yahoo.com.

Again, your financial contribution is a very important and tangible way to support this campaign and is deeply appreciated. For more information, please contact Chusia or Naneek Graham.

With solidarity and thanks,
Naneek & Chusia Graham

BACKGROUND:

John Graham is a Southern Tutchone from the Yukon Territory. He is currently imprisoned at the Pennington County Jail in Rapid City, South Dakota, and his trial date has been set for October 2008. John Graham was arrested in Vancouver in December 2003, and after a prolonged legal battle including leave to appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada, he was extradited to South Dakota in December 2007. The allegations against John are of murdering fellow AIM member and Nova Scotia Mi’kmaq Anna Mae Pictou in 1975. John Graham denies he killed Anna Mae.

In the mid-1970s, AIM was carrying out armed stand-offs in defence of the land including the 1973 standoff at Wounded Knee in South Dakota. As a result, AIM was one of the primary targets of the COINTELPRO counter-intelligence program aimed to weaken, confuse, and arouse suspicion amongst AIM members. At different times, Anna Mae Pictou Aquash, Leonard Peltier and John Graham all said they were offered their freedom if they collaborated with the FBI against other AIM members; they all refused. On the killing of Anna Mae, former FBI regional director Norm Zagrossi has himself stated it ‘looked like a cover-up’ . Ellen Klaver, a journalist in Colorado who has followed the story for three decades, has observed that, ‘Whoever was involved, the FBI was the architect.’ Both the B.C. Supreme Court extradition judge and the B.C. appeal court ruled there were deficiencies in the record of the case given to the courts by U.S. officials.

However the 1999 Extradition Treaty between the United States and Canada lowers the burden of proof to include hearsay evidence, which would not be admitted in a Canadian criminal court. Graham and his lawyers have stated they would welcome a trial in Canada, where the fake evidence could be exposed. A key witness, Arlo-Looking Cloud, recanted his testimony stating that he was coerced and under the influence of alcohol. Another prosecution witness Kamook Banks admitted she was paid $43,000 to cooperate with the FBI.

Graham has received support from a wide range of organizations including the Canadian Labour Congress, Native Youth Movement, Chief Capilano of the Squamish Nation, BC Teachers for Peace and Global Education, BC Hospital Employees Union, Stopwar.ca, Council of Yukon First Nations, BC Federation of Labour. Amnesty International has also stated their concern about the lack of a fair trial, given the clear parallels to Leonard Peltier. Peltier was extradited from Vancouver in 1976; now widely known on false evidence. In 1979 former [Canadian] Solicitor General Warren Allmand acknowledged this and formally ‘apologized’, yet he remains behind bars as one of the most well-known political prisoners of our time.

The US government, with Canadian government complicity and cooperation, is intent on repressing the last remnants of AIM. Graham’s current legal struggle reflects the political repression faced by Indigenous people who struggle against state and corporate control over Native lands and resources and reflects the ongoing reality of the ‘Indian Wars’.

FURTHER INFORMATION:

==> Websites:
http://www.grahamdefense.org
https://ourfreedom.wordpress.com

==> Trailer of Documentary ‘Our Sacred History and White Man Lies’:
https://ourfreedom.wordpress.com/2008/01/10/our-sacred-histor…

==> Interview with John Graham:
http://vids.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=vids.individual…

==> Articles:

Vancouver Sun: Who killed Anna Mae?
http://www.grahamdefense.org/20050108weyler-van-sun.htm

COINTELPRO’s long shadow – The importance of the John Graham case:
http://www.zmag.org/content/showarticle.cfm?ItemID=7589

The Anna Mae Pictou-Aquash Story:
http://aws.roadnetwork.org/node/17

The Case of John Graham:
http://warriorpublications.com/?q=node/25

Canadian Dimension: The Hauntings of Colonialism:
http://canadiandimension.com/articles/2007/01/04/827/

The Tyee: Delivering Framed John Graham
http://thetyee.ca/Views/2007/05/16/JohnGraham/

Common Ground: BC Supreme Court set to decide Graham’s extradition fate
http://commonground.ca/iss/0709194/cg194_graham.shtml

Georgia Straight Article:
http://www.straight.com/article-101128/john-graham-says-nati…

Aboriginal Title and International Law: The Occupation of BC, Iraq, the West Bank, and the Extradition Cases of Sittting Bull, Leonard Peltier, James Pitawanakwat, and John Graham by Anthony Hall, University of Lethbridge
http://people.uleth.ca/~hall/bc-kurdistan.htm

 

John Graham to be transfered back to Pennington County jail September 8, 2008

Filed under: Legal — ourfreedom @ 1:02 am
Photo taken on Coast Salish Territory, Vancouver, December 2007

Photo taken on Coast Salish Territory, Vancouver, December 2007

John Graham to be transfered back to Pennington County jail

The US Marshals Service is to transfer John Graham back to the Pennington County jail in Rapid City as soon as possible but has the discretion to move him in the future for safety or other reasons, wrote federal Magistrate Veronica Duffy in a ruling released on September 3, 2008. Graham was transfered to the Lawrence County jail in Deadwood on August 28 after Vine Richard Marshall (AKA Dick Marshall) was incarcerated at the Pennington County jail.

Graham’s lawyer, John Murphy, filed a motion to reverse that transfer, stating it added a two-hour round trip for his meetings with Graham and makes it more difficult for them to talk as the October 6 trial approaches.

 

The FBI/US gov’t doesn’t want anyone to know who murdered Anna Mae

Filed under: John Graham — ourfreedom @ 1:01 am

One point that proves the FBI/us gov’t doesn’t want anyone to know who murdered anna mae: dna testing came out in the 80’s, doesn’t anyone find it odd that they say they’ve investigated this extensively throughout the years but didn’t ever take it upon themselves to test for dna. why did it take john graham’s request for this years later for it to happen. why wouldn’t thay have just done it on their own if they really wanted the truth.

a witness saw anna mae 2 months after the fbi’s “death date”. again, if they really wanted us to know the truth they’d leave no stone unturned and reveal the witness to the world. why would anyone who was serious about finding justice not want anyone to know who that person was, it’s because they don’t want them to testify and show the “death date” is not right.

John wants it made loud and clear that he was indicted because he refused to cut a deal and lie. He wants people to know that Dick Marshall was indicted for the same reason, he wouldn’t cut a deal. ( Marshall’s testimoney at Looking Cloud’s trial shows that John was looking for a safe place for Anna Mae.)

nic rickard